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Slaughter breaks her leg in a fall

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, broke her leg in a fall while attending an event in New York City this week, her office said Tuesday.

"She's in good spirits and her doctors anticipate she will be back at work when the House reconvenes on April 16," her office said in a statement.

Slaughter, 82, was in New York attending an event honoring women leaders when she fell, the statement said.

Her spokeswoman, Victoria Dillon, said the fall occurred Monday.

Slaughter remains hospitalized in New York City, but Dillon was unable to offer other details, such as which leg the congresswoman broke and the extent of the fracture.

The fall comes at an especially bad time for Slaughter for two reasons.

She was set to be at the White House today to witness President Obama sign the STOCK Act, the bill Slaughter has been pushing for six years to ban insider stock trading among members of Congress.

"She is very disappointed that she'll be unable to attend the signing ceremony," the statement from Slaughter's office said.

Beyond that, Slaughter -- a 25-year House veteran who's the top Democrat on the agenda-setting House Rules Committee -- is facing the most serious campaign challenge she's had in years.

Maggie Brooks, the Republican county executive in Monroe County, is running against Slaughter in a new Rochester-based district.

Slaughter's current "earmuff district" stretches from Rochester to Buffalo via a narrow strip of land along Lake Ontario, but her new district completely removes her from the Buffalo area.

Despite the challenge from Brooks, Slaughter's office exuded confidence in the statement revealing that the congresswoman had broken her leg.

"The congresswoman looks forward to getting back on her feet and continuing her fight for the hard-working families of Western New York through November and into her next term," Slaughter's office said in the statement.

email: jzremski@buffnews.com